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Jan 21, 2013 6:12 PM by Lacey Steele

New development project coming to Trinidad

A new development project could bring tourism, money, and jobs to Trinidad.

We went there today for a special announcement by a team excited for the future.

They had decorations of peanuts and bubble gum.

Both mean baseball season, and so did a special car on display, once owned by Babe Ruth.

The day was even proclaimed by the mayor in honor of this car, owned by Lonnie and Marilyn Shelton.

The car will be the centerpiece of a new car museum in a development project founded by Phil Long Dealership CEO, Jay Cimino.

It'll be called La Puerta de Colorado.

"It's the gateway to Colorado," said Cimino.

It'll be huge complex based around cars, baseball, and fun that will hopefully stop people traveling through on I-25.

"The first town you're going to see is Trinidad, and the first stop you'll make is here," said Cimino. "What a great way to introduce Colorado to a lot of those people."

Cimino says if they can stop 10% of interstate traffic that will add a lot.

"That will bring an additional $125 million into this economy," said Cimino.

There will be a large area for a car collection including Babe Ruth's car, but that's only the beginning.

A hotel, retail, a restaurant, a movie theater, a swimming pool, and the list goes on.

Plus, Hall of Famer Goose Gossage will have a brewery, restaurant, and more!

"The ability to be able to bring a Hall of Famer down here and have clinics that teach kids how to play baseball," said Cimino.

This is a project they say they'll see through to the end.

At this time, this project is still in the early planning phase.

They have a lot of work to do to figure out time frames and cost, but they did say it would be funded by partners.

 

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